U Mobile Sdn Bhd and Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM) today signed an agreement for the provisioning of backhaul connectivity services through TM Next-Gen Backhaul (NGBH) services. The agreement is sealed for a period of nine (9) years.
Under this collaborative deal, TM will be providing fibre mobile backhaul connectivity via its TM Next-Gen Backhaul Services (NGBH) of up to 1Gbps per U Mobile base station that covers Central, Southern, Eastern and Northern regions of the country (except East Malaysia).
U Mobile will be deploying 1,000 4G LTE sites this year.
TM NGBH is a fiberised point-to-point backhaul connectivity network that is able to support 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) rollout in providing high speed Internet experience, excellent voice and video quality through its high bandwidth capacity and reliable low latency. This collaboration will facilitate ramping up of U Mobile’s capacity, hence accelerating its 4G LTE rollout nationwide, it said.
TM said it is a neutral wholesale service provider and is committed to supporting the growth of telecommunications industry as well as is working hard towards delivering an enhanced service experience to end customers.
By leasing wholesale bandwidth services and leveraging on TM’s strength on its nationwide fibre coverage and resilient network platform, U Mobile said it will be able to gain quick access to fibre infrastructure to support its future network capacity demands, to deliver affordable and high-quality internet connectivity to more Malaysians.
TM did not reveal the value of the deal. Dato’ Bazlan Osman, Executive Director/ Group Chief Financial Officer, Telekom Malaysia told MalaysianWireless that the deal is a “win-win situation” that benefits both parties. However he was unable to explain the benefits that TM would gain as part of the deal.
Speaking at the event, Mohamad Rozaimy Abd. Rahman, Executive Vice President, Global & Wholesale, TM said, “We are happy to seal this collaboration today with U Mobile as it reflects the trust and confidence that the industry players have on us, in line with our aspiration of becoming the preferred partner in fulfilling end-to-end ICT and connectivity requirements. Such collaboration will help to avoid unnecessary duplication of network infrastructure and it is a strategic move by mobile operators to be more operationally efficient. We also see this partnership as a positive move towards delivering enhanced service experience to Malaysians nationwide when they access high-bandwidth digital content, high definition video streaming or run real-time applications via their mobile devices.”